Ponsonby Little Black Book

A-Z Cafés + Restaurants + Bars Guide

We are spoilt for choice in the greater Ponsonby area with some of the best bars, cafés and restaurants in New Zealand. Here is our latest guide to where the locals love to eat, drink and be merry. Please let us know if any of this information has changed. email info@ponsonbynews.co.nz




A gourmet sushi bar, the delicious sushi offerings are beautifully presented to be selected from a cabinet. The interior is minimalist, light and airy, with seating inside and out the front. Open seven days,10am-3pm, 5pm-8pm.  


Shed 4A, City Works Depot
90 Wellesley St West

09 300 5097 View websiteandsushi.co.nz



A boutique coffee roaster, serving only a handful of cafes. Each batch is hand picked by owner Jonny McKessar, roasted to order and delivered fresh. This busy coffee roaster is a great place to get that quick fix on the run or sit in at the communal table for a meeting with colleagues or a catch up with friends. 


City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street

09 524 0946 View websitewww.3beans.co.nz



A naughty cocktail bar with pool, arcade games and DJ’s every weekend. Open Thursday to Sunday, 6pm until late! 


Level 2, 198 Ponsonby Road


Ada is cosy restaurant located in the The Convent Hotel serving great Italian fare. Relax in the house bar with a drink before being taken to your table. Open for dinner, Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late, and Thursday-Friday,12 noon-3pm for lunch. 


From the people behind some of Auckland's most successful establishments, The Candy Shop, Gochu and Poni to name a few, David Lee is continuing to bring Korean cuisine to the mainstream with Aigo Noodle Bar. An amalgamation of Lee’s personal favourite cuisines, Korean and Italian which is a combination that’s entirely unique to our city. Think beyond your regular noodles and more so the likes of chewy rice cake noodles smothered in a classic, cheesy cacio e pepe sauce or hand-pulled noodles with juicy scampi and prawn meatballs. 


168 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.aigo.co.nz


Passionate about coffee? This is a must-visit store to experience exceptional-tasting coffee. Enjoy a perfect cup of espresso or discover single origin coffees and blends as a filter brew. A selection of fresh-roasted beans is available for brewing at home. Biscotti and handcrafted European-style biscuits are baked on site. 


Alta is a small bustling restaurant located on Karangahape road. The menu is small but curated and changes often, with emphasis on innovative vegetable dishes, seafood, natural wine and house made cocktails reflecting the seasons. Open for bookings and walk-ins with a private garden courtyard to enjoy drinks and snacks as well as their renowned seafood platter. Book online at www.366krd.co.nz or call 0225143584. 


366 Karangahape Road

022 514 3584 View websitewww.366krd.co.nz


Situated on it’s original corner site of Jervois Road and Wanganui Ave, the new Andiamo - ‘let’s go’ in Italian - is the quintessential local eatery and watering hole. Boasting a fresh and modern Italian-inspired menu, by day it serves classic brunch dishes and by evening, a trattoria menu by executive chef Gareth Stewart. Open Monday 5pm-late, Tuesday-Friday,12 noon-late, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-late.  


This wine bar offers a selection of well-priced, international and local wines by the glass, and Estrella on tap. From the cocktail list, three drinks: an Aperol Spritz, a Negroni, or a Spritz Blanco. Choose from a selection of tapas, cheese boards and jamón Ibérico. Open seven days, 3pm-11pm. 


A speakeasy bar placed in the heart of Ponsonby Road. it's melting pot of great music, delicious cocktails and great people! Open Thursday-Saturday, 6pm-2am. 


This place is popular and we know why! They have a great vegan menu. With 6 choices on offer we will "live" here. Their head baker took a while to develop the recipe of Vegan Bagel. They still wanted the fluffiness and the right texture of density and chewiness of their bagel range. 


A modern Japanese restaurant where co-owner and executive chef, Yukio Ozeki delivers a menu that combines Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei flavours with more Tokyo-style dishes. They offer large and small plates designed to be shared or choose from the raw bar section that offers a variety of fresh fish creations. Hidden out the back, off Maidstone Lane, is Roji, Azabu’s sake and cocktail bar. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-late, Thursday-Friday, 12 noon-late.  



Baked fresh daily, choose from a range of filled bagel. Try one of their quirky creations such as Lover: spicy of classic olive tapenade, hummus, tomato, avocado, red onion, fresh basil and cos lettuce. Enjoy with Kōkako's Fairtrade Organic Specialty coffee. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday, 8.30am-2pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. 


1/141 Wellesley Street West

09 379 3764 View websitewww.bagellove.co.nz


Slider bakes using fresh quality local ingredients delivered to your door. Simply heat and eat in the comfort of your home and enjoy the convenience. Delivery hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. Pickup, Saturday, 10.30am-1pm. 


This eatery is from the team behind It's Java, bringing a Balinese street food adventure to Ponsonby. The menu offers a range of dishes with almost half of it being vegan-friendly. From the Sharing menu, try the Vegan Rendang: jackfruit in dry coconut curry served with sambal bawang. And from the Not Sharing menu, try the Nasi Ayam Bakar: grilled quarter chicken, sayur urap, sayur plecing with sambal bawang on rice. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 12 noon-9pm, Friday-Sunday, 12 noon-10pm. 


4 Williamson Avenue

View websitewww.balinights.co


Bambina is a casual, relaxed breakfast and lunch cafe where simple food using only the freshest ingredients has been served for more than 21 years. Licensed for beer and wine, Bambina is an all-time favourite that consistently delivers and is a fabulous place to meet friends for coffee, breakfast or lunch. Monday-Friday, 6.30am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7am-4pm. 


Banziha is a Korean pocha-inspired cafe, bar and eatery serving beautifully-presented Korean fusion dishes. If you're going for something classic, try their dolsot (hot clay bowl) bibimbap or their Korean fried chicken -- if you're looking for something special, give their charcoaled pork-belly with stir-fried kimchi a go (it involves a marinating and cooking process of 20 hours before charcoaled fresh for you before you eat)! Cafe open, Monday-Friday, 7am -3pm, Bar open, Tuesday-Sundau 5.30pm-10pm (until 11.00pm Fridays and Saturdays).


Just open in Ponsonby’s newest hospitality precinct, Rose Alley, Bar Beluga drinks menu serves up much sought after wines and local craft beers  


Stop by their sunny courtyard café for a unique foodie experience. Their cafe is unlike any other as they feature their very own Barker's retail products throughout their menu. They're passionate about using the best ingredients and showcasing the Barker’s pantry staples in a way that highlights their flavour and versatility. Drop in for breakfast, lunch, or a snack on-the-go.An all-day brunch menu is available in the weekends.  


Enjoy tasty bagels right in the heart of Ponsonby! Serving delicious flavours such as hojicha, matcha, biscoff, pistachio, blueberry and more. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 8.30am-2.30pm.  


1/33 Ponsonby Road


Opening in December 2023, this new bakery has great food - their Easter buns are the best and we know why. The baker was at Daily Bread previously. 


160 Garnet Road, Westmere

View websitewww.instagram.com/beabeas.bakery


Bedford Soda & Liquor is a New York-inspired neighbourhood bar named after Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It serves handmade sodas, cocktails, floats, shakes, meatballs and sundaes. Open 12 noon until late, seven days, with an eclectic mix of DJs playing from 6pm Thursday-Saturday.  


Ponsonby Central,
5 Richmond Road

09 378 7362 View websitewww.bedfordsodaliquor.co.nz


Enjoy Ben & Jerry’s the way it was originally intended! Dig into any of their euphoria inducing ice cream flavours. Hand scooped with custom-built cones and sundaes, it’s ice cream the way it was originally served by Ben and Jerry themselves. The perfect way to finish a meal is with a walk along the Ponsonby strip to this dessert destination. 


Montreal-style bagels prepared daily. Every one is hand-rolled and baked in a wood-fired stone oven right before your eyes. Fresh bagels are available to take home or you can enjoy bagel sandwiches made to order. They offer breakfast spreads such as marmite or jam ‘with a lick of butter’. Try the ‘Yodi’ house pastrami, habanero mustard, grilled cheese topped with a pickle or the classic ‘King Salmon’ smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, dill and lemon juice.  Open seven days, 7am-3pm. 


Shed 3, City Works Depot

09 366 3926 View websitewww.bestugly.co.nz


They use fresh, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients to make deliciously simple burgers all wrapped up in 100% compostable packaging for a better fast food experience.
A concise menu of four burgers, then add to make it better and three sides options.
Open seven days, 11am-10pm. 


An espresso bar ready to serve you fresh coffee and pastries six days a week. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-2.30pm, Saturday, 8am-2.30pm. 


333 Great North Road

027 612 6128


This vegetarian cafe is situated in the middle of the West Lynn shops, right next to Dear Reader. Their menu has nine different options. Try the fried upma, which are Indian spiced yellow split pea fritters with coriander and mint raita, tomato kasundi, watercress and a free-range poached egg! Yummy and spicy! 


Bird On A Wire is a fresh and simple free-range rotisserie chicken store. They offer chicken sandwiches and quarter, half or whole free-range rotisserie roasted chickens with a choice of bastes from Jamaican jerk, Korean barbecue, salsa verde and truffle butter (the ‘Ponsy Coq’). Vegetarians are catered for with a grilled cheese sandwich, beer battered chips, roast vegetables and salads. Open seven days, 10.30am-10.30pm.  


Relax, unwind and enjoy the ambience, wine and delicious food. The menu includes the all day breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try the home-made burger with chunky fries, garlic aioli, pickles and salad. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


Corner Blake Street & Prosford Street

09 360 6261 View websitewww.blakestreetcafe.co.nz


Blue Bean Eatery specializes in local food and drink. Using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients you can enjoy breakfast all-day. Their bar features a variety of beers, wines and specialty Mocktails and cocktails. And don’t forget their bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.


It serves authentic Italian dishes with a fully licensed bar and live music played once a month. Open Tuesday-Wednesday, 5pm-10pm, Thursday-Saturday, 12noon-10pm, Sunday, 12pm-9pm. 


It serves gelatos, ice creams and sorbets which are made from natural ingredients, imported mainly from Italy or sourced from local suppliers. Boozylato has brought Kiwis the first Rose Gelato and the first Spaghetti Gelato! Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 11am-9pm, Friday, 11am-11pm. 


44 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.boozylato.co.nz


A Japanese fusion eatery. From the Boss salad menu, try the Crispy Teriyaki Chicken Salad: Katsu chicken, broccoli, sprouts, edamame, radish, crispy shallot, roasted sesame dressing, and house teriyaki, come with Sticky Rice. Open Tuesday-Friday, 11.30am-9.15pm, Saturday 11.30am-12am, Sunday, 12 noon-9:15pm. 


234 Ponsonby Road

09 213 0831


A fresh, vibrant eatery specialising in tasty and succulent free-range birds, along with extensive options for non-bird eaters! Dine in and enjoy something from the boutique drinks menu or choose to take home a delicious meal cooked from scratch. 


Brewery, retail store and tasting lounge with more than 200 beers, 18 of these on tap, Brothers is Auckland’s home for lovers of beer. It offers a range of beers brewed on site and an ever-changing selection of the world’s best craft beers from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe and the US. Enjoy a tasting paddle of five beers and try the thin-crust pizza. Brothers hosts regular events such as live music, tap takeovers and special releases. Open seven days. 


City Works Depot,
Shed 3D,
90 Wellesley Street West

09 366 6100 View websitewww.brothersbeer.co.nz


This eatery serves traditional no-fuss American southern style barbeque cuisine, made to be shared with friends and family. The menu features authentic meats served naked, or with slaw and pickle in a sandwich. Open Monday-Sunday, Midday-10pm. 


City Works Depot 90 Wellesley Street West

09 366 6100 View websitewww.jukejoint.co.nz


Beautiful waterfront cafe, fully licensed, sun-soaked deck, and great food. Serving Underground coffee. Available for evening functions. Open nights Tuesday to Saturday from late November. Open seven days for breakfast and lunch. 


141-151 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven

09 378 6667 View websitewww.buoycafe.co.nz


Where they make simple, honest burgers, serve old-fashioned shakes and really cold beers and bubbles. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11.30am-9pm, Friday and Saturday, 11.30am-10pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road

09 360 8030 View websitewww.burgerburger.co.nz


The flagship store in Ponsonby was the first BurgerFuel to be open and for over a decade has been engineering the ultimate burger, built with the freshest ingredients. This includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-3am. 



Try the Café 28 Big Breakfast: bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato, hash brown, spicy sausage and eggs or the Israeli couscous and roasted vegetables. From the cabinet, choose from wraps, sandwiches, muffins and slices. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


This café has a selection of pies, cold sandwiches and slices. It serves hot food such as toasted sandwiches and burgers, and offers an all day breakfast. 


139 Wellesley Street West

09 379 8338


Located within the roastery, Caffetteria is a neighbourhood hub where you can enjoy expertly prepared Allpress hot air-roasted coffee, their iconic Italian-style sandwiches and healthy smoothies.  A selection of blends and single origin coffee is available for brewing fresh at home.  The knowledgeable team is happy to help. 


Corner Drake and Adelaide Streets

09 369 5842 View websitewww.allpressespresso.com


Cake & Co makes beautiful celebration cakes using fresh, quality ingredients.  They offer a good selection of gluten, dairy and egg-free cakes, with low sugar where possible. Popular flavours are dark chocolate and raspberry, ginger and white chocolate, lemon curd and coconut, fig, ricotta and hazelnut, salty peanut caramel, hummingbird and lavender. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, 11am-4pm. 


Delicious real pizza. Fast, hot and full of scrumptiousness. The pizza here is just fantastic especially if you splash out and get the gourmet range. Service is friendly and top rate. They have a great extensive menu as well so you would have to go there a lot in order to get through the menu. Highly recommend this little tucked away place, best pizza in Auckland. 


Legendary Caluzzi Cabaret offers an unforgettable dining experience with entertainment by New Zealand’s most awarded drag artistes. Be dazzled by an interactive cabaret show with fabulous food, glittering costumes, cocktails and a whole lot of laughter. The perfect night out for a fun social occasion. Bookings are essential.  


461 Karangahape Road

09 357 0778 View websitewww.caluzzi.co.nz


A bohemian restaurant/bar with an interior straight out of Havana or Seville. A philosophy of bringing cultures together through food and hospitality means a colourful and eclectic menu, with inspiration from throughout the southern and eastern Mediterranean - Spanish, Arabic and Turkish. Warm atmosphere and great cocktails. Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-late, happy hour (sangria, house wines and beer) from 4pm-6.30pm every day.  


Catroux offers a delicious seasonal brunch menu plus a cabinet full of tantalising salads and savouries.
For the sweet tooth there is plenty of baking (they also have an amazing online cake ordering system).  They make fresh juices, green smoothies and serve Eighthirty coffee. They also offer a catering menu.
Open Monday-Friday, 6.45am-3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7.30am-3.30pm. No reservations. 


Chào Vietnamese Canteen serving authentic Vietnamese food that goes beyond the typical canteen experience. Their dishes are bursting with traditional flavors, but they also add a twist by incorporating elements of Korean BBQ meats and other exciting Asian flavors. It's a delightful fusion that will keep your taste buds guessing!  


A Ponsonby institution, Chapel embodies the spirit of Auckland’s most iconic and sociable boulevard. It is the perfect place for drinks with friends after work, for dinner, a snack or a night out. Well worth the visit to sample delicious and very affordable fare such as the crispy Italian-style pizzas. Open Monday-Wednesday, 3pm-late and Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon-late.  


A punk ramen bar with The Eagles on the radio, lip-smacking pork buns, fried chicken - and a damn fine selection of whisky. Expect handsome descriptions, like their peaty 10-year Ardberg, hailed as "a long and glorious mix of sea-salted caramel and beach bonfire smoke." They’ll even spike your choice of milkshake with a slug of bourbon. Chop Chop’s where tasty Asian street food gets hooked up with great whisky and killer cocktails. Open seven days, lunch and dinner, 12 noon-late.  


Ponsonby Central, 140 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0708 View websitewww.ponsonbychopchop.co.nz


Chophouse Ponsonby is a restaurant specialising in seafood, steaks and chops.


3/130 Ponsonby Road

09 242 1480


Chur Bae is a cozy cafe nestled in City Works Depot, Auckland CBD. It offers a minimal seasonal menu incorporating Korean flavours and dishes such as Galbi-Jjim & Yangnyeom Fried Churkin (Korean Fried Chicken). You can be sure to enjoy classics such as their Eggs Benedict or step out of your comfort zone and give some of their other dishes a go which can be found on their website. Open 7am-4pm weekdays, 8am-4pm weekends.  


Shed 13A, 90 Wellesley Street West, City Works Depot

09 300 7264 View websitewww.churbae.com


Located at the bottom of College Hill, directly opposite New World, Cima Sushi is offering Donburi and sushi to takeaway. They offer several vegetarian sushi roll fillings including steamed green beans with sesame seeds, tempura pumpkin, seaweed salad, avocado and cucumber. Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-3pm. 


5 College Hill

09 366 6175


Clipper is a vibrant destination bar in the heart of Ponsonby combining local & exotic flavours in our first class cocktails. Operated by one of New Zealand's most experienced bartenders, their carefully crafted menu has something for everyone.  


This is a lively, busy, noisy bistro and bar bustling with energy. The food is best described as rustic Italian with influences from the Mediterranean and service is slick and skilful. No reservations required, but you can sit at the bar and enjoy a great wine or cocktail while you wait.  Check out the new communal dining room. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. 


374-376 Karangahape Road

09 300 7582 View websitewww.cocoscantina.co.nz


Cocoro means ‘the heart and soul’ in Japanese and the food and service they provide come with all their heart and soul. They serve Jun Mai pure rice sake and there is an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines. They now offer a sushi and sashimi course. Reservations are taken for the degustation menu only, casual walk-ins are welcome. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-2pm and 5.30pm-10pm. 


Copain (‘friend’ in French) comes from co pain - a person you break or share bread with. This French boulangerie/patisserie offers baked bread daily and sweet treats such as chouquettes, pain au chocolat and more. They have an array of savoury food including sandwiches, pies, quiches and pizzas. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-3pm.  


55 Mackelvie Street

09 378 0264 View websitewww.copain.co.nz


Small, intimate and classy, unlike its big brother Grand Central. Specialising in gin and whiskey, with one of Auckland’s largest selection of Irish whiskeys (and from around the world) and also over 65 different gins. Open Wednesday-Thursday 3pm till late and Friday-Saturday till 4am with its legendary happy hour Wednesday-Friday 3-7pm. 


65A Mackelvie Street

09 360 1260


The Covert Theatre is New Zealand's largest improvised comedy theatre company. Home to The Improv Bandits, C-Suite, A Bard's Tale and Instant Broadway. They produce world class live improv shows and offer improv classes and workshops. There is bar there to enjoy a pre or post show drink. Open Monday-Wednesday 4.30pm-10pm, Thursday 4.30-9pm, Friday 4.30-10.30pm, Saturday 9am-10.30pm, Sunday, 9am-8pm. 


Get your 5+ a day at this juice bar. Enjoy a freshly squeezed juice or an organic smoothie. Try the Tropical Paradise: mango, coconut, kale, cashews, dates and orange, or the Dragon Berry: pitaya, strawberry, banana and cashews. Open Monday-Sunday, 7.30am-4.30pm. 


4 Brown Street



A bakery and a deli. For their baked goods, they use the best organic and spray free New Zealand ingredients where possible. From their bakery, baguette, ciabatta, sourdough and more. Try a hot sandwich of ciabatta filled with porchetta, salsa verde, mesclun, gherkin, cream cheese, sage, fennel and rosemary. Open Monday-Sunday, 7am-3pm. 


A cute little café serving quality coffee, kombucha and tea. The perfect place to take a break whilst out shopping or just needing that coffee fix for the day. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-1.30pm, Saturday, 8am-2pm, Sunday, 9am-2pm. 


Owner Kevin Morris and his team blend fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy to create award-winning pizzas and fresh pasta.  The pizzas' sourdough takes four days to prepare, is hand stretched and made to order. The dough is friendly to those with gluten intolerance. The buffalo cheese is airfreighted from Italy. 


Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 378 4443 View websitewww.dantespizzeria.co.nz


Darling on Drake is located in the Victoria Park area and is owned by Fraser Kirby, who has harnessed his background in advertising, events and hospitality to create something truly unique to this city.  


It serves authentic Thai cuisine. Offering lunch and dinner - it's a great spot for a work lunch or a night out with family and friends. 


Deadshot is a neigbourhood bar for grown up drinking, moody blues and dark corners. It specialises in classic cocktails and champions the idea that cocktails should be for all occasions, not just special occasions. Because life is short, enjoy it while you can. The bar accommodates for small groups of six or less. Open seven days, 5pm-2am. 


45 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.deadshot.co.nz


A popular and very busy local cafe with wheat-free, gluten-free and vegan offerings. The menu boasts a range of options for all.  Try the acai bowl, the eggs benedict, or the smashed avocado on house-made Swedish rye, and waffles which are gluten free. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm, closed Tuesday. 


They offer their specialty homemade sandwiches such as a New York Reuben or a blue vein stuffed portobello. Moreover, their gelato - with three dairy-free choices - our standout favourite is the Burnt chocolate coconut and charcoal - all their food is made fresh in-house. 


This café offers a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, along with cabinet food that includes sandwiches, cakes and muffins. They serve Toasted Espresso coffee. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-3.30pm, Saturday 8am-3pm. 


A bar and eatery where you can play board games! Just order food and or drinks, and they’ll provide the board games for free to play. Open Tuesday, 11.30am-3pm, 4pm-9.30pm, Wednesday,11.30am-3pm, 4pm-10pm, Thursday, 11.30am-3pm, 4pm-10pm, Friday, 11.30am-3pm, 4pm-11.30pm, Saturday, 12 noon-11.30pm, Sunday, 12 noon-9pm. 


Shop 10a, 210 Victoria Street West

09 303 1863 View websitewww.diceandfork.co.nz


Head to Dida’s Wine Lounge to experience a comprehensive wine list and the ever changing, always-innovative tapas menu. The talented kitchen team works hard to pair traditional tapas with multiple by-the-glass options of local, imported and hard-to-find wines, craft beers and an impressive range of single malts. It’s a perfect spot in which to lose a few hours while broadening your hedonistic horizons. Open seven days, 12 noon-late.  


People will make a special trip from near and far to get their morning coffee at Dizengoff. They serve a Jewish-inspired menu for breakfast and lunch and it is the place to go for a tasty meal with a difference. Open seven days, 6.30am-5pm. 


They create delicious donuts that combine nostalgic Kiwiana and Pasifika flavours. Try the Fineapple Pie: Pacific Island pineapple custard filled, covered in a vanilla glaze and topped with a dollop of fresh cream and freeze-dried pineapple pieces. Or enjoy the Lamington: vanilla cream and raspberry jam filled, dunked in a chocolate glaze and rolled in coconut flakes. Open Wednesday-Friday, 8am-2pm, Saturday 8.30am-2pm. 


356 Great North Road

022 622 4770 View websitewww.doe.co.nz


Order online or through the Domino's Apps for the best deals. Choose from the range of pizzas, sides, drinks and desserts available for pick up or delivery. Track your order online with the Domino's Live Pizza Tracker. 


Cider Building R4/4 Williamson Avenue

09 950 3085 View websitewww.dominos.co.nz/store/nz-ponsonby/


THE place in Ponsonby for all kinds of burgers. A fan favourite is The O.G. Triple Smashed, hand-smashed beef, cheese, onion, pickle, lettuce, classic sauce (ketchup & mustard. Do we hear an "Mmmm" 


This recently opened scoop shop, offers an extensive range of 24 flavours, including dairy free options, available every day of the week. It also serves ice cream sandwiches, ice cream tacos and pints to take home and enjoy. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11am-11pm.  



Delicious modern Asian flavours, plant-focused dining. Their chefs, represent culinary talent from Japan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. They take inspiration from the near and far East - from fresh holy basil found in Thai recipes, Sichuan peppers in China, to shiso leaf commonly found in east Asia kitchens - to present an innovative and flavourful vegetarian and vegan menu of bites, small plates and larger dishes all designed to share. The drinks menu features organic and vegan friendly wines, bespoke cocktails and sustainable New Zealand craft beer. Open Monday-Sunday, 11am-11pm. 


Eat Drink Laugh is a great place to do just that... from breakfast with Allpress coffee, to burgers and beers at lunch, to wine, cocktails and sharing plates in the evening, you can find it all at this eatery. Open Monday-Wednesday 6.30am-4pm, Thursday-Friday 6.30am-late, Saturday 8.30am-late, Sunday 8.30am-2.30pm.  


A little coffee roaster specialising in ethically sourced coffee, be it Fairtrade, organic or Rain Forest Alliance. You can pop in for a takeaway coffee at either location. The Ponsonby store is open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am-4.30pm; The K’ Road store is open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street and 553 Karangahape Road

09 551 3236 View websitewww.eighthirty.com


Try the real flavour of the Argentinian Pampas right here in the heart of Ponsonby. Offering Argentinian barbecue asado, homemade chorizo and empanadas. Licensed and open seven days from 11.30am-9.30pm, Friday-Saturday open till 10.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 378 0119 View websitewww.elsizzlingchorizo.co.nz


The Elbow Room is a favourite neighbourhood bar with a discerning wine list, a wide range of beers including Peroni, Sapporo and Lagunitas IPA on tap, as well as an extensive cocktail selection. The bar can be booked for private functions, either exclusively or for shared use. Open seven nights, Monday 3.30pm-1am and Tuesday-Sunday 3pm-1am. 


Their focus is on handcrafted woodfired pizza. The menu combines old Italian classics with modern twists from Europe. Everything they do is homemade from their 24 hour slow cooked meats to their house-cured whiskey salmon. Open Tuesday-Wednesday, 12pm-11:30pm, Thursday-Sunday 12pm-1am. 


Renowned for their Peking duck, which must be pre-ordered, Empress Garden is on the corner of Herne Bay Road and Jervois Road and has been serving delicious Chinese food for over 36 years. Open seven days, 12 noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm. 


This Indian restaurant is located on the corner of Surrey Crescent. It has a large, well-presented dining room, and the staff is welcoming. Try something a little bit different, like the Empress Special Curry (chicken/lamb/beef) cooked with onions, fenugreek and Indian mild spices. Open seven days, lunch 11am-2.30pm, dinner 5pm-till late. 

EST. 1901

Est. 1901 delivers a dose of historic charm to the suburb’s main strip. Assuming a prominent spot at 224 Ponsonby Road (right next to Prego) which was formerly tenanted by a butchery for over 70 years, this heritage site has now been transformed into a version of its original self. The result is an embellished time capsule where turn-of-the-century furniture and art create an historic atmosphere in which to enjoy cocktails and drinks. The drinks menu is a history lesson unto itself, with concoctions like the ‘Miss Irvine’ paying homage to the building’s very first owner and the ‘Captain Dedwood’ serving as a nod to Ponsonby’s onetime name (‘Dedwood’). Open Wednesday-Sunday, 4pm-late. 


Evan’s Kebab & Pizza House, home of best snack packs and pizzas. The team is constantly striving to improve their service and quality in order to give customers the very best experience. They offer a full menu featuring Turkish pizzas, delicious prides, snack packs, kebabs and salads filled with a plenty of fresh vegetables and Turkish desserts to fill any sized appetite. 



Situated in a bright airy space at the top of Summer Street, Farina (meaning ‘flour’ in Italian) has fast become a popular eatery. Sergio Maglione and Mike Ross offer the legendary metre-long pizzas, perfect for sharing with a group of friends at one of their communal tables. Also on offer are fresh pasta dishes, a range of Neapolitan antipasti and more. Open seven days, 12 noon-10pm. 


Farro Fresh is a unique fresh food market. Whether you’re stopping in for a quick coffee or looking for the ingredients for a recipe, they have it all under one roof. Farro stocks the very best local and international ingredients and prides itself on being a one-stop shop for fresh, wholesome and delicious food.  


34 Westmoreland Street West

09 360 0499 View websitewww.farrofresh.co.nz


Serving Middle Eastern takeout with a unique twist. Fatima’s is all about flavour and fresh produce. Zingy lemon, fresh herbs and the warm aromatic spices from the East. Taste their harissa chicken, spiced lamb or fresh falafel wrapped up in a toasted pita with their handmade salads and sauces. They also offer potato koftas with sweet chilli aioli. Open seven days, 11.30am-10pm.  


A swanky spot, Fitzroy Lounge Bar is eclectic, relaxed and has a little something for everyone. Inspired by Melbourne’s super-cool suburb Fitzroy, the bold and brilliant space features murals, bold prints and greenery. With inviting cosy furnishings, a sprawling bar, and a small but perfectly formed tapa style bites menu, you won’t want to leave. Available for function hire. 


A sourdough bakery specialising in whole-grain, nutrient rich loaves made with NZ grown organic flour. Seasonal sandwiches, cookies and cakes are prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Beautiful Flight coffee is served with the best A2 organic milk sourced from Durham Farms or NZ grown and produced Oat milk. Also offering carefully blended teas by Phytofarm and Kaputī along with a selection of deli goods. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 7.30am-2.30pm.  


596 Great North Road

View websitewww.florets.nz


Food Truck Garage is the bustling home of The Food Truck, where chefs proudly serve up healthier versions of classic fast food including burgers, tacos and sodas. With a huge garage door that opens up to the sunshine, plenty of parking and Hallertau beer on tap, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick, healthy and affordable feed on the run. Open Monday, 11.30am-3pm, Tuesday-Wednesday, 11.30am-8pm, Thursday-Friday, 11.30am-late, Saturday, 11.30am-3pm. Dine in and takeaway. 


City Works Depot
90 Wellesley Street

09 973 2305 View websitewww.foodtruckgarage.co.nz


Auckland City's first kava lounge, it serves only the highest quality kava from the South Pacific Islands. Visit the kava lounge and learn more about the relaxing benefits of kava. 


12/210 Victoria Street West

0210 838 9012 View websitewww.fourshellskava.co.nz


It’s no surprise that Foxtrot Parlour is owned by Tara Brogan. Her attention to detail is always exceptional, and from the food to the coffee to the staff Foxtrot is pretty damn flawless. No longer a secret are its famous injectable doughnuts and, of course, the bulging cabinet of home-baked delights. It offers Supreme coffee, or try the now much copied green smoothie - kiwifruit, mint and spinach. 


Ponsonby Central,
7 Richmond Road

09 378 7268 View websitewww.foxtrotparlour.co.nz


Freeman & Grey is a great sunny spot with a laid-back atmosphere, great sharing plates menu and a heap of fun to be had. It’s the perfect location for that special event, birthday, corporate event or Christmas. They’ll take the stress out of your next function, offering a wide range of food and beverage options, and can sort audio visual details for you. Open from 12 noon, Monday-Sunday.  


You’ll find Freida Margolis on the corner of Richmond Road and Hakanoa Street tucked away in 118 years of Grey Lynn history. Ask for a Garage Project Craft Brew a Gin Sour or a Blue Cheese and Pear Pizza - and check their Facebook page for their live gigs schedule - from jazz to alt-country. 


Fusion has a wonderful outdoor garden which features a sandpit, making it ideal for relaxing with Allpress coffee. Fully licensed and with a seasonal menu, its a great spot for enjoying breakfast or lunch with the family. Fusion is also available for functions. Open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm. 



It serves Korean food that boasts big bold flavours. The perfect accompaniment to this Korean fare is soju - a clear, colourless distilled alcoholic beverage of Korean origin. 


Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street

09 600 3466 View websitewww.gaja.co.nz


Located at the Ponsonby end of Jervois Road, Gganbu Korean restaurant has opened. All their dishes are made fresh with good health in mind. 


This menu is their take on rustic Thai street food, inspired by their travels. And just like in Thailand - their food’s ready in a heartbeat - Go Go Daddy Thai Canteen. Little kitchen. Big delicious. 


Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street

09 360 8080 View websitewww.gogodaddy.co.nz


A cosy cafe on the Jervois strip, serving great coffee, smoothies, breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a slice or two of one of their delicious tarts, or a piece of cake. (vegans options too). Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6:30am-3:30pm.


228 Jervois Road

021 225 4517


The oldest and best-loved bar on the strip and still going strong after 19 years. Famous for its live music and late nights of dancing and good times. Huge range of craft beers (six on tap). Live music seven nights, great outdoor areas, two function spaces available. Open seven nights until 3 or 4am. Ponsonby’s longest-running happy hour, 4pm to 7pm. 


The Grey Lynn RSC is a city fringe club with bar, bistro and restaurant. Located in Francis Street, Grey Lynn in the West Lynn Shopping Centre. The RSC has Jimmy the Cook creating delicious fresh seafood meals and more in their downstairs bistro. The bistro is open Wednesday-Saturday from 6pm. The RSC is open 365 days of the year, a unique gem in the middle of Grey Lynn. The upstairs function rooms are available for private events. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Quality live music on Fridays.  


The Grey Lynn Tavern is a friendly neighbourhood place to have a drink, dance, sing or watch the game on the big screen. TAB facilities and pokie machines are also available and the bar can be hired for private functions. Open seven days, 11am-late. 


521 - 523 Great North Road

09 376 6521


The new sushi and donburi spot is already a favourite among many of us. Absolutely delicious sushi. Fresh and quality ingredients, very well presented and a nice variety. The shop is very bright and welcoming. They also offer a donburi menu. 


12/282 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.instagram.com/gurume.nz


At Gusto they keep things traditional; you will find the very best pizza, gnocchi, tortellini, fettuccine, ravioli and spaghetti. A private room is available for functions. Open Monday-Wednesday, 5.30pm-late, Thursday-Saturday, 12 noon-late. Sunday open from 5pm. 


Gymkhana is inspired by the elite clubs of India. The restaurant is split over two floors offering two distinctive feels. From the menu, try one of their signature dishes, Methi Gosht: lamb, fenugreek powder and red wine. Open Monday-Thursday, 11.30am-10.30pm, Friday-Sunday, 11.30am -11.00pm.  


Gypsy Tea Room has been attracting people from far and wide for the past 16 years. There is a smaller private room for up to 30 people, a tasty bar snack menu, thoughtful wine list, beer including Peroni, Sapporo and Lagunitas IPA on tap and cocktails for the discerning. This is a great place to meet friends old and new. Open seven days Monday-Thursday 4pm-11.30pm, Friday-Saturday 3pm-2am and Sunday 3pm-11.30pm. 



Hansik is a Korean bar and restaurant located right next to Victoria Park Market and is great for after-work drinks. The outdoor deck is a ideal for sunny afternoon cocktails to go with its mouth-watering menu of authentic Korean barbecue. 


9 Drake Street, Freemans Bay

09 930 0055 View websitewww.facebook.com/hansiknz


The Harvest by Huckleberry location brings you a wide selection of organic seasonal produce, local grocery New Zealand brands, and supplements. They have a Naturopath on site seven days a week for short, in-store consults. You’ll also find a fully stocked bulk refill hub and ecostore liquid refill station. Open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-7pm, Saturday, 8.30am-5pm, Sunday, 9am-5pm. 


Order online or phone for one of their delicious pizza’s and choose from a great selection of sides and desserts! There’s something for everyone, from meat toppings to vegetarian toppings and vegan options. From their Plant Powered menu, try the Vegan Mischief: plant-based chorizo, vegan nuggets, Cajun herbs, onions, garlic, chilli, tomatoes and capsicum. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-12pm. 


The menu is built around the freshest seasonal produce to deliver to the healthiest possible meal. At Hemi Eatery you can expect a range of immaculate salads with your choice of protein, a collection of fresh juices and smoothies and an array of exciting cabinet food treats.  


Unit 1, Victoria Park Market

09 366 4760 View websitehemieatery.com


Offering savoury and sweet treats. The club sandwiches are so popular, they sell out fast! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm, Saturday, 8am-4pm, Sunday 8am-3pm. 


212 Jervois Road

09 378 6156


Hideaway ts an eatery with a microbrewery, amazing cocktail and drinks list and a lovely garden bar. 


80 MacKelvie Street

09 415 7967


This café has a modern yet homely feel with it’s interior of oak tables, steel framework and ceramic handmade tableware. Try the halloumi bowl with spinach, broccolini, quinoa, cherry tomato, almond, pistou and a poached egg. Or something a little sweeter, try the ricotta pancake, poached rhubarb, pistachio and vanilla marscapone. 


480 Richmond Road

View websitewww.honeybones.co.nz


It serves quality coffee and excellent food. With a great outdoor area out the back it’s the perfect spot for the family to enjoy. Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8.30am-2.30pm. 


A light, airy café situated on Jervois Road. it serves Allpress coffee, cabinet treats boasting an array of filled rolls and pastries. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-3pm, Saturday, 7.30am-3pm, Sunday, 8am-3pm. 


203 Jervois Road


It has eighteen craft beer on tap, fine wines, botanical gin cocktails and an array of sharing plates. Open Monday-Wednesday 4pm-11:30pm, Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-1.30am, Sunday,12 noon-11:30pm.  


This popular gastropub offers Kiwi pub fare with classic dishes such as smoked fish potato top pie and crumbed pork chop with celeriac and gravy. Enjoy with a Hotel Ponsonby Pale Pacific Ale! Open Monday-Wednesday, 4pm-late, Thursday-Sunday, 12pm–late.  



Critically acclaimed chef Nic Watt has drawn inspiration from South American street food and East Asian cuisine to bring you INCA. INCA is inspired by Nic Watt’s travels to Peru where he studied the art of Nikkei cuisine, specifically looking at the influence of Japanese pioneers migrating to Peru at the end of the 19th century.

The roots of this cultural cuisine fusion lie in the significance that both the Japanese and Peruvian traditions hero fresh fish, which is something Nic wanted to ensure complemented the INCA menu. 


Ponsonby Central, Richmond Road

09 213 4463 View websitewww.incarestaurant.co.nz


Creamy, crunchy chewy and zesty. With over 70 plus flavours and weekly specials everything is lovingly created in store daily, full bodied in flavour, low in fat and sugar. Enjoy a delicious gelato treat today! Open Sunday-Thursday, 10am-10-pm, Friday-Saturday, 9am-11pm. 


Localated next to Bali Nights, this new place serves up Italian and Japanese fare. 


Shop 7, 4 Williamson Avenue

View websitewww.itameshi.nz


Relive the joys of a bygone era; enjoy traditionally cooked Indian cuisine in a rustic setting.  Open lunch Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-2.30pm; dinner seven nights, 5pm till late. 


216 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park Market

09 309 4009 View websitewww.ivillageatvictoria.co.nz



Janken is a sophisticated, trendy Japanese restaurant taking its name from the popular decision-making game ‘paper, scissors, rock', offering Japanese cuisine with a fusion twist. They offer a number of options for vegans/vegetarians. A unique space with its minimalist décor and exposed grey concrete.  Open five days for lunch (Tuesday-Saturday), six days for dinner (Tuesday-Sunday).  


Your local place for friends, colleagues and families to gather. They offer a full menu of small plates, charcuterie & cheese platters, mains & seasonal specials. Happy hour everyday 4-7pm. Fantastic hand made cocktails. Craft beers on tap. Try the wine flight of the week. Live music every Sunday afternoon from 4-7pm follow their Facebook or visit their website. Wine tasting, beer tasting & spirits classes held regularly. Venue available for special events, birthdays & functions.  


At Jervois Steak House, you can discover the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef with head chef Rob Forsman. There is a great range of beef, lamb, chicken and fish and pre-ordering is essential for the restaurant’s signature slow -roasted prime rib. Bookings are essential. Open, lunch Wednesday-Friday, 12 noon-3pm.  Dinner Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm. 


This café offers a breakfast and lunch menu, coffee, tea and smoothies. From the breakfast menu, try the Hash Cake: pork ham, crumbled eggs, salsa verde and yuzu hollandaise. For lunch try the Corn Fritter: kasundi, crumbled haloumi, avocado and salsa. 


135 Williamson Avenue

09 378 0604 View websitewww.josycafe.co.nz


Joy Bong Thai specialises in Royal Thai as well as rustic Issan Thai cuisine with a modern twist. The food is typically delicate and spicy, always fresh daily. With friendly staff and great food, this is a great place for parties, large and small. Tell Apple, the owner, we sent you. Open for lunch weekdays, 11.30am-2.30pm; dinner seven nights, 5.30pm-10.30pm. 



There is a sushi train behind St Pierre's Sushi - K10 is next-level Japanese cuisine. The team at St. Pierre’s had long wanted to bring a premium sushi train to New Zealand, and 2019 saw that dream come true. Master chefs, many of them trained in Japan, take the best ingredients NZ and Japan have to offer and create delicate, artful dishes, which travel fresh to you on the sushi train. With its sophistication and dynamic energy, K10 is Auckland's ultimate Japanese experience. Come discover it for yourself! Open Monday-Wednesday, 4pm-9pm, Thursday-Saturday, 12 noon-10pm, Sunday, 12 noon-9pm. 


314 Ponsonby Road, Three Lamps

09 282 3265 View websitewww.k10sushi.com


It serves tasty, healthy, vegan Thai food. From the small plates, try the Kumara Spring Rolls: sweet purple kumara, glass noodle springs rolls, with sweet carrot sauce. Or from the big plates, Panang Curry: sweet and salty sauce covering crunchy lotus root, crispy tofu and topped with crunchy almonds. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-9pm. 


Acclaimed restaurateurs Sid and Chand Sahrawat’s third establishment, KOL, has opened its doors at 23 Ponsonby Road, offering the perfect spot for catch-up over an impressive drinks list and delicious tandoor inspired snacks. 



It offers an organic selection of New Zealand chocolate goods as snacks, treats and gifts as well as European style hot chocolate beverages. Drinks and treats made with love and passion and delivered with a happy heart. Open seven days, 8am-4pm. 


179 Ponsonby Road

0210 242 7791


The team at La Mexicana are committed to serving up authentic delicious Mexican food with a focus on more traditional tacos and tortillas. They make their tortillas in house, using dough, made from the freshest New Zealand corn. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-10pm, Sunday, 11am-9pm. 


One of Auckland’s favourite rooftop bars with impressive views over Victoria Park and to the Sky Tower, La Zeppa offers delicious hot and cold tapas to enjoy with friends and a glass of wine. The perfect venue for social functions with a capacity of up to 500! Open seven days, 11.30am-late.  


At Le Vietnamese Kitchen you can experience the dedication to quality and the balance of intense flavours. Enjoy the fresh and aromatic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine finished with French flair. Mouth-watering, authentic dishes full of local, fresh vegetables, meat and fish will feature, along with a divine menu of Vietnamese-inspired cocktails. 

Let's Ketchup

It serves breakfast and lunch boasting an extensive list of dishes to choose from. Enjoy a catch up at Ketchup!   


Corner College Hill and Beaumont Street

020 4178 8417


This osteria and wine bar is inspired by the wine bars of Europe. It serves authentic tasty cuisine. Try the Woodfired Bavette Steak: salsa verde, smoked beef fat tomato and horseradish. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late.  


Small but perfectly formed, Lime is a quintessential Ponsonby favourite and the perfect spot for a refreshing craft beer, celebratory Champagne or a really well made cocktail. It’s an easy vibe featuring their trademark tunes from Sinatra to Springfield and an older, more sophisticated late night crowd letting their hair down. Open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-2am. 


Along the way these simple ideals have not changed, but what has changed is that
Little & Friday is not so little anymore. The business operates four bustling stores open 7 days a week across Auckland. These stores attract many other like-minded people who share the same passion and love for food as owner Kim Evans does. 


Little Algiers is a little taste of the city of Algiers. Cooked fresh and fast, but best eaten slow. Try the Little Algiers big breakfast: scrambled eggs, grilled chicken, roast tomato, spicy North African merguez sausages, garlic potatoes and toast. Open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am-2.30pm. 


Little Bird goodies are made from the best raw organic ingredients they can find, and are completely vegetarian, gluten and dairy free. There are 45 seats, full table service and an extensive menu available to view online.  And with a range of delicious breakfast items, lunch dishes from 11am, along with smoothies, teas, teeccino, matcha, raw cacao drinks, Kokako coffee, cakes, tarts, slices, cheesecakes and cookies from the cabinet all day.  Open seven days, 7am-4pm.  Kitchen closes at 3pm. 


Little Bread & Butter Bakery specialises in organic breads. There are many different types of sourdough, European speciality loaves, bread rolls and pretzels. You can choose from a wide selection of handmade pastries, cakes and savouries, sandwiches and gourmet pies. At the large communal table you can toast your own slices of freshly baked bread and enjoy them with butter and jam, while you watch the hustle and bustle of the market area. 


Lo-Kahn’ta means ‘Local Eating House’ in Turkish. They offer simple, tasty food of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. The menu has a selection of small plates, flat breads, main meals and desserts. Try the octopus - chargrilled and served with lemon on fava bean puree. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm. 


137a Richmond Road

09 360 6355 View websitewww.lokanta.nz


With a covered courtyard and north-facing sun deck, Longroom offers a unique, alfresco environment for drinking and dining any time of day. An inspiring new menu consists of small and large shared dishes, a grazing platter, individual dishes and a few sweet treats. Let’s not forget the great range of beverages available including a substantial cocktail offering. DJs play during the evening Thursday to Saturday, live music and DJs on Sundays. Open seven days during summer and open Tuesday-Sunday during winter.  


Baby sister to Longroom Bar & Restaurant, Longshot has quickly become another favourite breakfast and coffee hotspot for Ponsonby visitors and locals. Serving an array of tasty and innovative breakfast and brunch dishes. There’s also a great range of sweets and savouries to enjoy on the spot or take away. Allpress is the coffee offering which can be brewed to satisfy all preferences, and there’s a special selection of teas, juices, smoothies, crazy shakes and Bloody Marys. The cafe space opens up to the sunny ‘atrium’ style, covered courtyard for enjoyment all year round. Open 6:30am-3pm weekdays and 7am-3pm weekends. 


Plans tonight? Call your mates, quench your thirst with a round of tasty cocktails and tapas and spin all the yarns on their red leather seats.  


Dairy Free soft serve icecream and acai bowls.
Serving a plant based menu, Lulu's soft serve and acai bar brings you scooped organic Brazillian acai bowls topped with seasonal fruits, granola and a selection of addtional toppings. Also available, their coconut based soft serve icecream and sorbets, flavours changing regularly. Gluten free and allergy friendly options available at no extra charge. Open 7 days a week, you can find them in the laneway of Ponsonby Central, rain or shine.


Ponsonby Central
136 Ponsonby Road

021 118 6241 View websitelulusbookings@gmail.com



It serves modern Peruvian cuisine offering a succinct menu of small and large plates. They also have an interesting cocktail list comprised of some eclectic concoctions such as Milky Way: gin, rice milk, honey orgeat, toasted coconut vermouth and lemon fig leaf olive oil. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late.  


Artisan plant-based patisserie serving authentic French pastries and desserts. Open Thursday - Sunday, 8am-1pm. 


567 Great North Road

View websitewww.maisondeslys.co.nz


They offer a vast array of sushi and sashimi options for dine in or takeaway. Try the Maki combo a selection of salmon, chicken or vegetable. Or try something a little different like the pork dumpling combo. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. 


Grey Lynn’s gastro pub has undergone an extensive renovation, re-emerging as the Malt Public House. The new bar and dining areas provide a relaxed and comfortable environment to catch up for drinks, lunch or dinner. The sunny courtyard is a hidden oasis, perfect for a summer afternoon! Open Monday-Friday, 11am-late, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-late.  


Corner Richmond Road & Hakanoa Street

09 360 9537 View websitewww.maltpublichouse.co.nz


At MaMa Do, their top priority is to bring to you good local Thai food that has been made with love and dedication. From the Wok and More menu, try the hot and spicy Mama’s Tiger: galangal, beef, crispy pork, chicken. Open Monday-Sunday, 12pm-late. 


Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street

09 360 8080 View websitewww.mamado.co.nz


The atmosphere at Matsu is perfect for pleasure or business and for a great price, you can enjoy the best sushi with the highest quality of service, presentation and freshness. Dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience. 


Victoria Park Market

09 377 6848


A modern southeast Asian fusion restaurant designed with unique roughened floors, crudely painted walls with simple, yet elegant, nostalgic prints of life in Vietnam covering the walls. They have seating for as many as 80 guests in the bar, 60 in the restaurant and 30 in the Mekong function room. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 


A Californian-style Mexican eatery, that offers burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tacos and more. Enjoy feasting on tasty yet nutritious food in a fun Mexican-style atmosphere. Open Sunday-Thursday, 10am-11pm, Friday-Saturday, till 3am. 


A lively eatery on the strip offering great Mexican dishes. Try one of their quesadillas or soft shell tacos and look out for their weekly specials. They take bookings for groups over 10.
Open Monday-Sunday, 12 noon-late. 


At Milenta, they have an uncompromising approach to an ever-changing menu. The chefs work intuitively with fire and the best seasonal produce available to prepare dishes over wood coals in an open, outdoor kitchen. Inspired by the flavours and traditions of South America, they collaborate with and celebrate the best producers and suppliers in Aotearoa. Open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday, 12noon-4pm, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5.30pm-late. 


210-218 Victoria Street West

View websitewww.milenta.co.nz


Serving simple, tasty Turkish dishes. Try one of the mezze platters with accompanying dips and flatbread. Or a classic durum (wrap): beef, chicken, halloumi, falafel, lamb or fish with sumac red onion, cacik, hummus, tomato and greens. Open Monday-Sunday, 10am-10pm.  


Ponsonby Central,
8/4 Brown Street

09 600 1158 View websitewww.missistanbul.co.nz


Daphnes is a Modern Greek Bar Taverna in the heart of Ponsonby Road. The dining room feels cosy with seating nooks throughout the restaurant. The energy is informal, fun and upbeat. The space is designed to feel like a family dinner party at home, serving up Greek classics, all with a Daphnes twist from head chef, Thomas Weekes and team, lead by General Manager, Tania Pucher. Expect the music to turn up later on in the night with Greek Music. Open Tuesday & Wednesday, 5pm-late, Thursday-Saturday, 12noon-late, Closed Sunday & Monday.  


A contemporary, minimalist café serving great coffee. Grab an espresso on the go. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm. 


30B Pollen Street

022 123 9671


Mr Baker, delicious from Brazil is bringing new tastes and flavours to Auckland. Traditional Brazilian offerings, Coxinha, cheese breads and brigadeiro plus local favourites with a twist. Offering fresh breads and a variety of delights such as their Belgian chocolate cookie cupboard. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 8am-5pm, Thursday-Saturday 8am-5.30pm.



2 Pompallier Terrace

021 125 3831


At Murder Burger, they serve an uncompromisingly fresh meat burger that’s worth it. A place you would come to enjoy a range of exciting burgers minus the guilt. 


Mutiara is a specialist in authentic Malaysian cuisine and authenticity is the top priority for chef and owner Roy Lim. Malaysian cuisine is diverse in its influences and styles and this is reflected in the menu which offers signature dishes such as Rendang Kampung (thick curry), Ikan Bakar (Malaysian style grilled fish) and Mamak Noodles. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, 12 noon-2.30pm and dinner seven nights, 6pm-10.30pm. 


This eatery serves Korean style fried chicken. What makes the chicken deliciously tasty and crispy is the lighter batter, sticky marinade and double frying process. Open seven days 11am-9pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 136-146 Ponsonby Road


Your local one stop shop to buy fresh vegetables, fruit, a variety of gourmet groceries, fresh flowers and international deli items from all over the world. Open Monday-Wednesday, 7.30am-6.30pm, Thursday-Saturday, 7.30am-7.30pm, Sunday, 8am-7.30pm. 


129 Ponsonby Road

09 376 5329



A new Korean restaurant has just opened in the space once occupied by Conch. 


115a Ponsonby Road

View websitenamirecordbar.com


This is New Zealand’s first pure kombucha taproom. They make all their kombucha with the same four ingredients: filtered water, organic tea leaves, organic cane sugar and our organic scoby, or kombucha culture. The taproom offers “core four” kombucha on tap: Indian Assam tea kombucha, Indian Darjeeling tea kombucha, Sri Lankan black tea kombucha and Gunpowder green tea kombucha (from China). The fifth tap is a guest brew - this is experimental and changes every week. Open seven days, 10am-6pm. 


Robata-yaki means having dinner and drinks in a cosy and social atmosphere watching the kitchen. Because most of the dishes are grilled and deep fried and snack sized, you can order many different kinds of food to share. Also available is a wide selection of Japanese sake, wine and beer; BYO wine. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm-11pm. 


100 Wellington Street

09 376 7104 View websitewww.nishiki.co.nz


It serves top end liquor, cocktails galore and has a VIP bar - Super Nova.
A tasteful Vietnamese styled menu and a full karaoke system in the back! 


153 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.novaclub.co.nz



A Korean eatery serving flavourful authentic dishes using local and seasonal ingredients, and also some with a twist such as Tofu Steak; house-made tofu ‘steak’, served with mixed salad, pickled cucumber and pickled chocolate tomato. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10pm. 


Odettes Eatery offers a thoughtful menu that changes a little throughout the day to suit the appetite. It is the brainchild of Clare and Joost van den Berg who ran Zus & Zo, before selling up to concentrate on their city venture. Fittingly, the menu is in total sync with this exhibition of good taste and high fashion. Chef Josh Kucharick’s food meets all the demands of the modern diner and there is something for everyone, as long as they are prepared to be a little adventurous. Open seven days.  


City Works Depot, Shed 5, 90 Wellesley Street

09 309 0304 View websitewww.odettes.co.nz


Fantastic menu, cabinet food and Allpress coffee along with a chilled out atmosphere make ohSO the perfect place for a casual business meeting or a catch up with friends. Functions and catering also available. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. 


Incorporating a bit of New Zealand and South Africa, this restaurant serves modern fusion dishes designed to be shared. Honest, rustic, generous, bold and moreish. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11.30am-10pm. 


Specialists in Venezuelan style arepas (cornmeal cakes) serving authentic flavours of South America. Fresh, healthy and 100% gluten free. Open Monday- Sunday, 11.30am-8.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 136-146 Ponsonby Road

021 0233 7695 View websitewww.olasarepas.co.nz


Orphan’s Kitchen is all about unadulterated food and naughty wines. Offering a laid -back atmosphere with honest food.  Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late and brunch Wednesday-Sunday. 


Ozone Coffee Roasters are coffee and hospitality experts with an all day Eatery and Roastery in the heart of Grey Lynn, serving brekkie, lunch and dinner to the neighbourhood. From your morning coffee and eggs benny all the way through to your final glass of wine with dessert – they’ve got you covered. 


18 Westmoreland Street West

09 360 8125 View websitewww.ozonecoffee.co.nz



Owner Tito is passionate about the food they serve which is regional Italian style cuisine. Classic antipasti, pasta and mains, all exceptionally flavoured, using fresh ingredients plus popular Italian desserts and thin crust pizza. Dine in - delivery - take out - catering.  Lunch, Monday-Friday, 12 noon-3pm and dinner seven days from 5pm. 


A French-style bistro owned by Nick Honeyman, Paris Butter takes its name from 'cafe de Paris', the complex butter sauce famous for making a steak come alive. Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-late, Friday 12 noon-late, Saturday 9am-3pm, 6pm-late and Sunday 9am-3pm. 


Enjoy great food, drinks and outdoor games right in Victoria Park. Meet a friend for a platter and Prosecco in the garden after work, sip craft beer with a prime burger for lunch, or challenge your workmates or others to a team building game of petanque or frisbee golf – all right in the heart of the CBD! Ask about their venue hire.


Corner of Fanshawe & Halsey Street, Freemans Bay

021 943 966 View websitewww.parkedup.co.nz


It serves authentic Chinese dishes with a fusion twist. From the starter menu, Nanjing-style duck and more, and an extensive array of dishes to choose from the main menu. Open Monday-Thursday, 5pm-late, Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm and 5pm-late. 


Not just fabulous flavoured chocolates and bonbons, Philippe’s also makes French cakes and tarts, French pastries and breads, sandwiches and quiches. Open Monday 8am-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 7.30am-5pm, Friday-Saturday, 7.30am-5.30pm, Sunday 7.30am-4pm. 


Located inside Barkers store on Ponsonby Road, the cafe serves French cakes and tarts, pastries and breads, sandwiches and quiches. Enjoy with your morning... or afternoon coffee. 


Pioneers of the PieFee! This is coffee served in a delicious sweet chocolate pie crust. As the cafe instructs, choose your drink, choose your cup (pie crust), drink the coffee, enjoy the biscuit! This unique offering, among their daily selection of homemade pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-3pm, Saturday, 8am-3pm. 


A cafe based near the corner of Ponsonby Road and Great North Road - they serve delicious cabinet food and great coffee. They also provide a full kitchen menu. They are serving Rocket coffee beans which are from Hamilton. Not many places in Auckland offer Rocket. They wanted to bring a good quality coffee roaster to more people. For the kitchen menu on offer is traditional European cafe food, plus Asian fusion choices.



A vibrant wood-fire pizza place, it serves pizza by the slice. Hand rolled dough forms the perfect foundation for our pizzas, topped with he freshest ingredients. The go-to spot for late night cravings and unforgettable flavours. Open Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-12am, Saturday, 3pm-10pm, Sunday, 1pm-12am, Monday, 12pm-11pm, Tuesday, 12pm-6pm.  


It’s a bar and eatery with a real local focus. There is an outdoor deck perfect for all Auckland weather and live music every Sunday. Grab a beer on tap or ask for one of their delicious house cocktails made with fresh seasonal ingredients. If you're sharing, try the seaweed chips with dashi mayo and the green tahini hummus. If you aren't, go the North African spiced lamb chops! If you're planning a party, make sure to ask about the function space - it was once the old ASB bank.  


Poke is a popular Hawaiian dish where you can choose from raw fish, cooked meats, veggies and salad and are seasoned with sauces, oils, spices and seeds. This eatery offers a variety of poke bowls as well as poke burritos and salads, and you can select a dish from the menu or build your own. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm.  


Authentic French sweet crepes and savoury galettes made from the best ingredients New Zealand has to offer: real chocolate, homemade caramel, freshly squeezed lemon juice, free-farmed ham, free-range eggs, organic buckwheat, sugar and dairy-free options. Takeaway or dine in, check the website for opening hours. 


Ponsonby Central, 138 Ponsonby Road

View websitewww.ponsonbycrepes.co.nz


A fully licensed bar with a great selection of beer and wine at reasonable prices. Located at the centre of the Ponsonby International Foodcourt. You can also quench your thirst with freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice and soft drinks. Open seven days 11am-10pm. 


106 Ponsonby Road

09 376 0800


Walk right in and taste the mouth-watering recipes from Italy, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and more. Situated right in the heart of Ponsonby with a fully licensed bar, this is the perfect place for that leisurely lunch, dinner or quick break from business. Open daily 11am-10pm.   


This is the longest-running pool hall in Auckland, with 15 pool tables and a private snooker lounge featuring Rolling Stones memorabilia. There are more than 40 bottled beers to enjoy while you play and they’re open every day except Christmas Day. Available to hire for social functions, watch the video on Facebook. Open seven days, 1pm-1am. 


The award-winning Ponsonby Road Bistro offers a well-priced menu and interesting wine list in a stylish and relaxed environment. Sarah Conway’s menu provides a global feast - and the chargrilled scotch with hand-cut chips has become a firm favourite. The friendly staff and cosy dining room offer a warm welcome. An afternoon menu offering lighter dishes, the signature Southern Clams, and the steak and chips – is available daily from 4pm until the full menu kicks off again at 5.30pm. Open for lunch on Fridays from 12 noon, Monday-Saturday from 4pm. 

POSTAL SERVICE (née Kokako Café)

You can enjoy an expertly made Kokako espresso, filter batch brew or nitro cold brew coffee or choose from a range of coffee blends and single origin coffees to brew at home. It has an extensive cabinet and seasonal à la carte menu with a focus on local produce and extensive dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3.30pm.  Weekends, 7.30am-4pm. 


537 Great North Road

09 376 6086 View websitewww.kokako.co.nz


Be transported to Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea at this Asian fusion eatery new to the Ponsonby strip. Try the Seafood Tom Yum Noodle: Thai spicy hot & sour soup with kung fu egg noodle, king prawns, mushrooms, coriander, spring onions and mixed Thai herbs. Finish with their signature dessert, Deep Fried Bao Ice Cream: deep fried bao with green matcha ice cream, red beans and peanuts. Open seven days 12 noon-10pm. 


This iconic restaurant was established more than 31 years ago, Prego is the ultimate in Italian alfresco dining with the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire or bistro-style dining with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Takeaway available, open seven days, 12 noon-late. 



A cosy, Italian-flavoured café, wine bar & eatery in Auckland's Freemans Bay. Extended opening hours–serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & nibbles until late. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-3pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-3pm.  


24 Spring Street, Freemans Bay

029 890 5923 View websitewww.queenieslunchroom.com



Based in Westmere Ragtag is serving flour tortillas (100% Not Authentic) with unorthodox fillings. Their menu caters for vegetarians although vegans may starve. 


Rahi has all the usual dishes but with a different spin. The restaurant name means traveller in Hindi. Along with artisanal indian cuisine they offer the best craft cocktails. The chef Manmohan has a good eye with his presentation.Our pick are the Malai Kofta balls served on rich creamy gravy. 


It serves traditional Japanese Ramen and dishes. The menu offers a vast array of ramen to choose from, including entrees and side dishes. Try the Spicy Black Tan-Tan Ramen: sour and spicy black sesame base. Vegetable stir-fry, pork mince, bok choy, shredded leek. Freshly ground sesame. Jade Ramen: wok fried spicy pork mince, topped with egg, minced garlic chives, coriander. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-9:30pm.  


RE Burger offers crave-worthy street food made fresh each day. Epic burgers, tasty tacos and ridiculously loaded fries, one visit will have you craving more! Order through their website or download their app to order and access exclusive discounts and offers by searching for Re Burger on the App Store or Google Play. No phone orders, sorry! Open Monday-Thursday, 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-10pm, Sunday, 11am-9pm.


This restaurant specialises in donburi, which is a large bowl of rice topped with fresh vegetables, meat or fish. The meals are quick, cheap, unpretentious, nutritious and well balanced. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-3pm and 5pm-9pm. 


A luxurious bohemian-style parlour with hints of opium den chic, a double-sided fireplace, visual delights from lanterns to antique furniture and has one of the best decks in Ponsonby. The delicious food menu includes a selection of Asian fusion sharing plates, platters and bar snacks. An extensive New Zealand and international wine list, classic and original cocktails with seasonal recipes, and craft beers. Open from early afternoon until late every night of the week. Brunch service is available Friday-Sunday. 


Providing healthy and fresh takeout food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, using the best of local, free-farmed and free-range ingredients. Weeknight TV dinners and freezer meals, a variety of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, fresh produce -laden salads all year round, decadent home baked slices, a fantastic selection of raw treats, gluten free, dairy free - they have everything! Their second cafe is housed in the Giltrap Building on Great North Road. Delivery is available Monday- Friday until 3pm for out-catering and you can order online. Open Monday-Thursday, 7am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 7am-4pm and Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


172 Richmond Road,
Giltrap Building, 119 Great North Road

09 360 6159 View websitewww.ripedeli.co.nz


It serves New Orleans style Cajun dusted fried chicken. Enjoy tender and juicy chicken paired with smoky mayonnaise, seasoned fries and garlic bread. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-2am. 


Unit 4, 95 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4005 View websitewww.rogerschicken.co.nz


Roji (translated - Alleyway) is tucked out the back of Azabu, with access via the restaurant or Maidstone Street. They offer sake and cocktails to be enjoyed in a vibrant space along with great tunes. Open Monday-Sunday, 5pm-late. 


Ponsonby’s latest fashion streetwear store Rollos stock some vintage fashion styles, and they are knowledgeable and will give you ways to style your clothing; they also serve delicious coffee and treats to enjoy while you indulge in some retail therapy.


This Italian restaurant offers authentic Rome-inspired cuisine. Try the Caprese Salad or Scallop Pappardelle Pasta, and from their brunch menu something a little nostalgic, spaghetti (proper spaghetti) and cheese on toast. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm and for all day brunch, Friday-Sunday, from 8am.  


Roost is run by Ruben Maurice with his two business partners, Wayne Schuler and Shaun Marlo. They are offering Atomic coffee and bagels in a new industrial space in the Vinegar Lane development. Don’t miss their delicious brioche. 


1 Vinegar Lane, Crummer Road

View websitewww.instagram.com/roost_ponsonby


An all-day eatery offering an array of delicious dishes. Try Nonna’s chicken schnitzel sandwich, or choose from the many salad options. They have an impressive cabinet selection of homemade lamingtons, scones, savoury scrolls, cakes and more. Open Monday-Wednesday, 6.30am-4pm, Thursday-Friday, 6.30am-9pm, Saturday, 8am-9pm, Sunday, 8am-4pm.  


34 Sale Street


They offer a selection of cabinet food including sandwiches, savouries and cakes. Or choose from their breakfast and lunch menu. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm. 


103 Wellington Street

09 360 1140



Saffron specialises in South Indian cuisine. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm it serves an all-vegetarian buffet brunch. Catering, takeaway and delivery in Ponsonby is also available. Open seven days, Monday-Sunday. Lunch 11am-3pm. Dinner 6pm-10.30pm. 


Eat, drink, and stay all day. A new eatery occupying the ex-Orphan’s Kitchen locale in the heart of Ponsonby



118 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0406 View websitewww.sanray.nz


Satya is situated near the Ponsonby, Newton and K’ Road intersection. The south Indian recipes are age old and based on Ayurvedic principles; Satya's motive is good food. With its relaxed ambience and friendly staff, it is a great place for a vast range of Indian meals at a good price. Takeaway, delivery, catering and banquets for large groups are all available. Open for lunch Monday-Saturday, 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm-10pm. 


17 Great North Road

09 361 3612 View websitewww.satya.co.nz


This little sandwich place also offers pie, gorgeous salads and meals... try their teriyaki chicken Asian slaw salad; creamy bacon and mushroom pasta bake and the best of all - a fresh pea pesto pasta with feta and fresh herbs. 


Enjoy breakfast or lunch at this cafe with an ocean view to boot. The interior is modern with seating for 58, and is fully licensed. The menu has a range of breakfast classics such as toast and spreads, eggs on toast or Bharta Eggs: poached eggs with spiced aubergine puree, whipped yoghurt, chilli butter with sourdough toast. Open seven days, 7am-3.30pm. 


184 Garnet Road


It is a contemporary yet formal restaurant with innovative food and attentive friendly service. The gorgeous city views and intimate dining room make Sidart a place for special occasions. Highly recommended by the Ponsonby News team. Open, Tuesday-Thursday from 6pm, lunch, from 12pm on Friday's only. 


Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road

09 360 2122 View websitewww.sidart.co.nz


Offering free wifi and their famous specialty Sierra coffee as well as delicious homemade cakes and slices - everything is available to take away. Open seven days, 6.30am-4.30pm. 


It offers a cocktail bar, barista coffee, and full-service kitchen led by top chefs to handcraft food that showcase premium local ingredients. Arrive early to your movie and take a seat in the SO Lounge to enjoy a drink and food ahead of the movie, or have the best of both worlds and request to have your food and drinks delivered to your seat. Alongside the restaurant, Silky Otter Ponsonby has four state-of-the-art auditoriums, each with a capacity of 28 seats. The cinemas are fitted with luxury leather recliners for ultimate comfort with adjustable headrests, cutting-edge 7.1 Surround Sound technology, and best-of-breed laser projection screens.  


Ponsonby Central, 1 Richmond Road

09 956 8186 View websitewww.silkyotter.co.nz


Music, coffee, wine, good food and great people in the heart of Ponsonby. It's fully licensed and offers a selection of organic wine with craft beers. Family friendly, with a charming Parisian style and a covered courtyard complete with a children’s sandpit and blackboard.    


At Soul Thai, their goal is to cook restaurant quality, authentic Thai cuisine using the finest ingredients and deliver your order to your door fresh and fast. Order by phone or online. Open seven days, 5pm-10pm. 


158 Williamson Avenue

09 302 8888 View websitewww.soulthai.co.nz


Their mission is to give Indian authentic taste to each of their customers.They offer the best takeaways and they make sure that customers leaves with a happy smile.  


It serves food that is rustic yet refined, served with attentive professional service. Providing an ambient casual dining spot, perfect for a quick lunch or a long relaxing dinner. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 4pm-10pm, Friday-Sunday, 12pm-10pm. 


St Pierre’s Sushi is all about fresh, quality sushi at an affordable price. It now offers brown rice for all sushi flavours. Readymade to go for busy people, or made fresh on the spot any time for tailor-made sushi requirements. Party platters of sushi are a specialty. 


Next time you are walking in Victoria Park call into this great little cafe. Standing room espresso is the place for great coffee and homemade food, slices and cakes. They offer organic coffee and delicious salads made to order. 


A casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches and salads, with health-conscious options. Get your breakfast, lunch or dinner sandwiches.  


115 Ponsonby Road

09 360 4200


Sushi Edge is a takeaway or eat-in establishment serving a wide range of delicious sushi and sashimi options.  Their servings are generous, everything is tasty and well-seasoned and freshly made. Their sashimi bento box, vegetarian tempura don and their lunch sushi boxes are all worth trying and are good value for money. 


280 Richmond Road

09 376 6218


Situated next to Dorothy Butler’s Children’s Book Shop, Sushi Wasabi specialises in traditional sushi and nigiri. Their sushi is made with brown rice. This is a daytime restaurant and you can dine in or takeaway. They have a loyalty card too. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. 


Shop 14, 1 Jervois Road

09 376 8388


Get lunch on the go or dine in at this sushi bar. As well as sushi, the menu includes donburi, noodles, steam dumplings and more. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm.


11 Great North Road

09 360 0203


Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen in Freemans Bay is known for its succulent, smoky barbecue meats and their exclusive beer range, which is hand-crafted in their very own brewery. Americana-spice rubbed meats with native New Zealand woodchips offer an alarmingly delicious experience. It’s a great spot for a few brews as well, with regular DJs and live gigs taking place every weekend. Open seven days, 11.30am-late.  


It creates cakes and all things baking – from savoury to sweet, working with any theme to make unforgettable, delicious cakes and other baked goods for all occasions. They also cater to dietary requirements such as keto, gluten-free and dairy-free. Open Monday-Sunday, 7am-3pm. 


Unit 28, 210-218 Victoria Park Market

09 217 1399 View websitewww.sweetsymphony.co.nz


This café has a classic yet modern feel to it. Enjoy barista-made coffee from 4.30am a choose from a wonderful selection of French patisserie style food from 7.30am. For the later part of the day, wind down with a glass of wine or beer. 


206 Victoria Street West

0800 009 888



Taboo is the downstairs little sister of The Oakroom. It’s a late-night cocktail bar and describes itself as an “Inner City Swillhouse”. Cocktails average between $16-$20 with happy hour menu cocktails available for $10 from 4pm-7pm daily. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 4pm-late. 


Unit 23/210-218 Victoria Park West

09 300 6313 View websitetaboovpm.co.nz


Taiko’s experienced chefs serve a range of authentic Japanese dishes to be accompanied by Japanese beer, fine wine and sake. The dishes are renown for their stunning presentations and fresh sushi. Open for lunch, Tuesday-Thursday, 12pm-2pm, Friday-Sunday, 12pm-2.30pm, dinner, Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 5.30- 9.30pm, Sunday, 5.30-9pm. 


Taisho Yakitori Bar serves both traditional and modern Japanese food. There are over 60 dishes to choose from, including sushi and sashimi, 15 different kinds of sake, as well as Japanese and local beer and wine.  Owner, Taka Tsuji, is from Hiroshima where his parents have run a restaurant for more than 36 years so he has grown up with traditional Japanese food and hospitality. Eat in or takeaway. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-10.30pm, Friday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm, Sunday, 9.30pm. 


A cozy café serving great coffee and toasted sandwiches. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-2pm, Saturday, 8am-1.30pm, Sunday 7.30am-1.30pm. 


Thai Classic Restaurant has been running strong since 1994, specialising in authentic Thai cuisine. Flaming chicken and flaming beef are recommended dishes. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, a relaxed and friendly ambience and wonderful views of the Waitakeres. Takeaways and delivery are available to Ponsonby locals. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-10.30pm. 


Since 1993 Thai House Restaurant has been serving the finest quality Thai cuisine and taking pride in serving only quality and authentic ingredients, freshly prepared along with warm and personal service. Thai House has an intimate ambience, warmly decorated with traditional Thai décor. Fully licensed, BYO wine and takeaway. Open seven nights, 5.30pm-10pm. 


This is a small, warm and welcoming restaurant with simple decor and deliciously cooked Thai food from an excellent chef.  Its fans say it’s the excellent quality of the dishes that gives this establishment its point of difference. Open for dinner seven nights, 5pm till late. 


It serves classic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai: stir fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, tamarind sauce and crushed peanut. Try one of their special dishes, Goong Chae Nam Pla: raw black tiger prawns with chilli, lime and fish sauce. Open seven days, 11am-10pm. 


It serves authentic Thai food with a modern twist. The menu has a selection of meat dishes such as Sesame Ginger Fillet Beef: eye fillet, seasonal greens, sesame ginger and oyster sauce. Or from the vegan dishes, try the Lemon Mock Chicken, stir fried with seasonal veges and tamarind vegan sweet and sour sauce. They offer small plates as well and a must try is Pim’s Curry Puffs, delicious! Open, 4.30pm-10pm, closed Tuesdays. 


The Birdcage Tavern has been returned to her former glory with stained glass windows and original brick walls blended with more modern elements to give it a chic, metropolitan vibe. The north-facing courtyard bar is one of the biggest and sunniest in Auckland, a perfect inner city destination to gather with friends. The food is rustic in style. Open Sunday for lunch till 5pm. Closed Monday. Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-late.  

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Chef Che Barrington takes Auckland Asian dining to new levels, serving you the sensational flavours of regional China in the lush surrounds of a Pacific island paradise.  In-house dumpling chefs fold and flip before your very eyes, and New Zealand’s premiere in-house rum bar, The Rum Jungle, shakes up kooky Tiki cocktails and understated classics. Open seven days, lunch and dinner, 12 noon-late. 


Ponsonby Central,
146 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0303 View websitewww.thebluebreezeinn.co.nz


The menus are predominantly designed to share and share everything. Starting with the food side of things that means you'll find the comforts of a great smashed burger or pizza, to bar snacks of fried deliciousness, to a full section of creatively put together dishes from their rotating seasonal themes that change twice annually to pair along with the seasonal sections of the drinks menus, and of course, the commissioned art done by a local kiwi artist. 


Occupying the space which was once home to Richmond Road Cafe. The menu is definitely worth a browse. The Brunchery, offers a high-end cafe experience with a full lunch offering and an extensive wine list. Their ingredients are sourced locally and seasonally to ensure the highest quality.  


As per its gastropub theme, The Cav offers bistro-quality food in a casual friendly environment and is a great place to meet for a couple of relaxing beers or a glass of wine or two. They offer an extensive menu featuring succulent, modern cuisine with an ethos of providing great value for money. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-1am, Sunday 11am-11pm.  


A gourmet burger takeaway joint. It offers an interesing range of burger options such as The Bogan: New Zealand premium grassfed double Wagyu beef, topped with a golden hash brown, Texan style pulled pork and chicken tenderloin with American cheese and creamy brie cheese, smoked streaky bacon, chipotle aioli and Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce on a brioche bun. Open Monday-Thursday, 11am-9pm, Friday, Saturday, 11am-10pm, Sunday, 11am-9pm. 


22 Drake Street,
Freemans Bay

09 974 5453 View websitewww.theflamingonion.co.nz


A Japanese tapas bar, serving authentic Japanese dumplings of eight different flavors with a variety of meat and veggies. The half-moon shaped gyozas are a beautiful combination of crispiness and fluffiness. They go great with beer, wine and especially hot sake during the cooler season. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm till late. 


Led by chef Kino Ruvas, The Hidden Village brings Asian street food to Ponsonby Central. Kino and his team are taking the techniques and flavours that line the streets of Asia. Serving Pinoy fare with a modern and Western-fusion spin. Open seven days, 11.30am-9.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road

09 360 0733 View websitewww.thehiddenvillage.co.nz


For over 26 years this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Italian food in a welcoming, cosy and rustic atmosphere and whether it’s a large group or it’s an intimate dinner for two, you will always experience warm, friendly service. Takeaway pizza and pasta. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm-10pm. 


The high quality flours selected by the team and the perfect recipe for the dough, makes their recipe so unique, featuring pizza which is crunchy on the outside and soft inside which is seriously tasty. All their dishes are cooked on the Vesuvian stone, using dry fiore di latte mozzarella with fresh milk and vegetables. 


108 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn

09 948 4455 View websitewww.themasterandmargherita.co.nz


Situated in Victoria Park Market, one of Auckland’s most historic and treasured landmarks, The Oakroom is a beautiful space in an old part of town. Formerly a stable in the 1800s, The Oakroom has been carefully crafted in order to enhance a contemporary feel and maintain its natural and historic features. Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-late and Saturday 4pm-late.  


This flagship store and kitchen offers an extensive range of raw breakfast cups, salads and wraps, snacks, sweet treats, nut mylks - all prepared fresh daily, and retail products. Choose from their made to order smoothies and coffee prepared by a passionate team. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4pm, Saturday, 8am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. 


City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley Street

View websitewww.therawkitchen.co.nz


This is Atomic Coffee Roasters new cafe, The Rocket Store. They have partnered with Rocket Espresso Milano that provides a place to gather and enjoy great coffee and showcase the best espresso machines on the market today. The space boasts a sleek black interior created by the team at Izzard Design. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm. 


The Station Craft Freehouse serves New York-style bagels all day in sunny Beresford Square. At night it converts to serving all the best craft beers from around New Zealand, gourmet pizzas and is available for exclusive functions on weekends. With regular live music, DJs and events there is always something going on @TheStationAKL. Open weekdays 7.30am-late, weekends 8.30am-late.   


This local pub has a cosy atmosphere, friendly service and food available all day. There is a breakfast buffet, brunch, lunch and dinner menu as well as bar snacks and woodfired pizza. Open seven days, 7am-9.30pm.  


Cakes, flowers and macarons. They provide personal delivery to major suburbs in Auckland to business and residential. Offering beautiful cakes, pastries, and floral arrangements that can be conveniently ordered and finished within 48 hours! No more multiple trips to a flower shop AND a cake shop! Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4.30pm, Saturday, 9am-4.30pm, Sunday, 10am-2.30pm. 


All products at The Vegan Shop are 100% vegan, entirely animal-friendly and contain no animal ingredients. They are New Zealand's ethical market. They are dedicated to bringing you the best local, national and international products. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday and public holidays, closed. 


Rocking Ponsonby since 2001, The Whiskey is a place where rock music and whiskey combine for a great night out. A relaxed and fun spot to meet friends after work, or party late into the night. They offer a huge range of whiskies to suit all palates along with Whiskey tastings. Live music from 10pm till late every Tuesday to Sunday and an epic rock soundtrack ranging from The Doors and Pink Floyd to the Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Check out their website for live music line-up and upcoming events. Open seven days, 5pm-3am. 


Family owned and operated by a mother daughter duo, Tinfeny’s serves authentic Cambodian dishes that bring a little taste of Cambodia to Ponsonby! Be transported to the streets of Phnom Penh and the bustling markets of Siem Reap with some of their menu classics like Amok Trei and Lok Lak. The food is full of fresh flavours and their cozy corner of Ponsonby Central has an inviting atmosphere that reflects the Tinfeny’s experince. 


Ponsonby Central
Brown Street

09 360 8080 View websitewww.tinfenys.co.nz


At Namu, We endeavour to provide an outstanding service, an outstanding quality of product and an overall unforgettable experience. Namu (meaning ‘Tree’ in Korean) is the embodiment of director and award-winning restauranteur David Lee’s passion to transform Auckland's cultural and hospitality scene.


Tokyo Club is ‘yokocho’ style Isakaya restaurant located in the heart of Ponsonby Central. Their Japanese family team includes well-known front of house manager Sarasa Shimura and Tokyo master blowfish-sushi chef Chikara Sato. It serves quality, affordable cuisine and beverages. With Asahi and Sapporo beers on tap and its own sakes brewed in Japan, this place has quickly become very popular. 


Ponsonby Central,
136 Ponsonby Road

09 376 8016 View websitewww.tokyoclub.co.nz


Purveyors of exceptional coffee with delicious treats; mid-week chocolate fix - caramel, hazelnut slice or almond, cranberry brownie. A tough decision. Don’t forget to pick up your take home Millers Beans for your weekend coffee fix. Open Monday-Friday 7.30am-2pm, Saturday, 8.30am-1pm. 


It serves fresh healthy salads using locally sourced ingredients. Try the Clean Cobb: romaine, rocket, free range chicken, tomato, shredded cabbage, cucumber, beetroot, red onion, free range egg, tangy mustard vinaigrette (GF, DF). Open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3pm, Saturday, 9am-2pm. 


1/143 Wellesley Street West

021 296 9135 View websitewww.toss.co.nz


The Turkish Cafe serves fresh wholesome, halal food inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with a strong Turkish influence. There are set menus or it can tailor a menu to suit your tastes and the occasion you’re celebrating. Takeaway is available too. BYO. Open Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm, Sunday, 4pm-9pm.  




At the heart of Auckland’s iconic Victoria Park Market, Viet Flames offers unforgettable flavors of Vietnam. Signature Vietnamese dishes are sumptuously prepared with a combination of locally sourced fresh organic produce and skillful traditional culinary techniques. Whether you are after a relaxing ambiance for meals, a fine dining experience or just a quick-fix lunch, Viet Flames takes the Vietnamese dining experience to a new level. 



Their dumplings are a modern twist on the traditional dumpling. Each pocket is loaded on the inside and, to make things ultimate, loaded on top. Open Monday-Friday, 11.30am-9.30pm, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-10.30pm. 


Ponsonby Central, 8 Brown Street

022 397 8441 View websitewww.watda.co.nz


They produce nutritious, healthy 100% raw cold-pressed juice. As well as juices, you can choose from nut mylks and waters. It also has a range of hand-prepared whole food for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Open seven days, Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Saturday, 8am-4pm. 


Right next door to The Whiskey, Win-Win is a hub for local entertainment and Ponsonby's number one cocktail lounge, serving first-class cocktails, Auckland's best DJs and unforgettable experiences. Their weekly line-up includes Tuesday Live Soul Sessions, Wednesday Open-Mic, Thursday Quiz with local DJ performances on Friday and Saturday nights and a Comedy Showcase on Sunday to cap the week off. Enquire about their private venue hire. Checkout their website for more information. Open Tuesday-Sunday. 


Wise Boys is your one stop shop for a face full of indulgent plant-based burger goodness. The boys built their food truck in late 2015 and have been roaming around since then, serving up amazing burgers and fries. They have recently opened their first permanent store in Grey Lynn, but the food truck is still out and about, in Auckland and beyond. 100% vegan, 100% delicious. 


604 Great North Road

09 360 0801 View websitewww.wiseboys.nz


It serves a mix of French, Italian and Mediterranean regional cuisines, and the menu changes with the seasons. Be sure to ask about the daily specials! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-3pm. 


545 Karangahape Road

09 282 8218 View websiteunedeuxcafe.co.nz


Wok Express is a quality Asian takeaway specialising in fresh, healthy, authentic Pan Asian food cooked fresh to order. They also offer a nutritional and dietary menu catering for low carb, keto and diabetics. Open seven days, 4.30pm-10pm. Home delivery, online ordering and payment available. Temporarily relocated to Thaiger in Grey Lynn. 



Modern Chinese in Ponsonby: Kyo Shen, the man behind restaurants like Eden Noodles, Lao Guangzhou, Biang Biang, Yen Guo Fu…has opened Xie Xie meaning 'thank you’. The restaurant has released its mouthwatering menu featuring modern cuisine with Chinese elements infused into its cooking. Shen says Xie Xie will be his first restaurant focusing on elevating the Chinese dining experience. The menu will also be accompanied by an extensive list featuring top wine, beer and other beverages from the region 


Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Road

021 130 2898 View websitewww.xiexie.co.nz



At Yeah Bowl Poke you can build your own bowl. Select your choice of base, fresh salad and fish then complete with your choice of toppings and dressings. Try the Salmon Supreme: fresh sashimi salmon, cucumber, edamame beans, seasoned seaweed, pineapple, yeah sauce, coconut chips, wasabi peas - served on black or brown rice, salad or 50/50. Open Monday-Friday, 10am-3.30pm and 5.30pm-9pm, Saturday, 11.30am-4pm. 


501 Karangahape Road

View websitewww.yeahbowl.com


Yume (previously known as Haru no Yume) is operated by Executive Chef Jake. Sourcing the freshest local ingredients, these are transformed into mouth watering Japanese dishes. The lunch menu includes sashimi, bento boxes, poke bowls, noodles and more. The dinner menu is concise and also features Izakaya – small shared dishes. Open for lunch, Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm and dinner Monday-Saturday, 5.30pm-midnight. 


3 Vernon Street, Freemans Bay

09 309 5446 View websitewww.yume.co.nz


For over 24 years, with his passion for food, Geeyong Chris Chung has been involved in creating Japanese cuisine with his beautifully presented, authentic Japanese dishes. Offering Japanese beer, sake and wine and a great variety of vegetarian options. Open for lunch, dinner and takeaways from Monday-Saturday. 



This authentic Mediterranean bakery and cafe make delicious filo pastry ‘borek’, traditional stuffed flat breads ‘gozleme’ and much more. Enjoy these baked delights with Turkish and Arabic espresso coffee. Open seven days, 7am-6pm.